WATER CITY DURBAN, 2012-2017
This short film was made in Durban, South Africa with young people from Kwazulunatal townships. They were interested in art and film, each one came to the Bartel Arts Trust to take a course with me about film. They made their own films, and in exchange participated in Water City, Durban. The Bartel Arts Trust is a special place in Durban for artists in the area. It was quite lively during the time of Cop 17, with all of the international ngos and delegates around.
The actors played an adapted game of soccer in the ocean as if they had just gotten off from their white collar jobs. It was as if the sea was into the city and they made the best of it. The text comes from Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us. The music was composed by Thea Farhadian, an electronic violin player and composer. The film ends with the young referee blowing the whistle to signify the danger of the coming time. This is the single channel video that is part of Men and Women in Water Cities. It is chapter 2 from Durban. The actors are young people from the Kwazulu-Natal Townships: Sanele Nxasana, Ennocent Mthethwa, Mzamo Miambo, Nosphio Mazibuko, Lumkile Mzayiya, Xaba Nfwluleko,Antonia Raleharebe, Thulani Hlaiswayo,Ntombe Shandu, and Sanele Mseleku. It is an experimental video about post sea level rise society, and trying to adapt to a watery world for those in port cities.